On Saturday, November 12th, St. Mary's coach, Marko Samardzic, was honored by the Italia-America Bocce Club for his work with youth in athletics and for helping bring the idea of a youth bocce league to St. Mary's. Early in 2010, Marko brought the idea of St. Mary's initiating a high school bocce league to principal Kevin Hacker who fully supported the idea and proposed it to the faculty. Science teacher, Kris Ranciglio, stepped forward and gathered a group of students interested in playing. The students played weekly at the Italia-America Bocce Club on Marconi Street on The Hill. In the Fall of 2010, Vianney and St. Elizabeth's joined in and the schools began playing against each other. This year, five schools are playing in the first High School bocce league in the region: St.Mary's, Vianney, Chaminade St. Elizabeth Academy and Ursuline Academy.
The Bocce club presented Mr. Kevin Hacker with a check to be put into the athletic department at St. Mary's, and Mrs. Kris Ranciglio was honored for her work in putting together the team and helping to build the league.